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how to find local builders so I can learn from them

Discussion in 'General Talk' started by RichB1, May 27, 2018.

  1. RichB1

    RichB1 Well-Known
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    Any ideas on where I can find local people who are knowledgeable about this stuff? I'd love to meet them, watch them work and learn. I tried googling, but apparently didn't hit on the correct search terms, or else there is no one around here (richmond, VA). Thanks for letting me know how you connected with people. The online forums, etc. are good up to a point, but I'd like to meet and learn from people actually doing these types of projects. Thanks
     
  2. GrayUK

    GrayUK Openbuilds Team Elder
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    Welcome, RichB1. Glad you decided to join us at Openbuilds. :D
    I'm sure you won't find a friendlier bunch of people than those here at the Openbuilds Forum. :thumbsup: However, I think the best way forward is to get to know some of them, by way of participating in the discussions, whether that be just asking questions related to CNC or similar, or even what you plan to build and do with your future CNC. There are loads of Videos on the CNC subject on You Tube, and it is definitely a case of read, read and read a bit more, to really get to know the possibilties and fun a CNC can give you.
    Yes I'm sure, if someone lived in your area, once they get to know of you, would be willing to help you directly with any help you need.
    It would probably help if you put some approximate details of your Location in your Personal Profile as well.
    Give it a little time and I'm sure you'll find all the help you could want. :D
    Cheers
    Gray
     
  3. RichB1

    RichB1 Well-Known
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    thanks, Gray. I'll update my profile; I'm already reading and watching a lot here on the forum and the openbuild website!

     
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  4. David the swarfer

    David the swarfer OpenBuilds Team
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    @MaryD ... seems we need a map of the world showing user locations......
     
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  5. David the swarfer

    David the swarfer OpenBuilds Team
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    easy enough to go from lat,long to kml that will load in Google Earth (or overlay an embedded map).
    bit harder to get lat,long from locations like 'Grahamstown, South Africa' but maybe there is an API for that....
    something like
    unbolt it : Address List to Longitude Latitude Geocoder
    but that is is too manual, need something that runs on the web server automatically. might have to sign up for the Google Earth API...

    or maybe one of these answers
    https://www.quora.com/How-do-I-do-b...-latitude-and-longitude-data-for-each-address

    the 'geoip' package (linux,freebsd etc) will get lat,long from IP addresses but that is not totally accurate especially for people using mobile connections since the IP might be registered to the providers head office location...
     
  6. Rick 2.0

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    Makerspaces Meetups in Richmond - Meetup

    This would likely be contrary to OpenBuilds Privacy Policy.
     
  7. MaryD

    MaryD OpenBuilds Team
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    Feel free to create a post with subject "Anyone here from VA"? Perhaps you can find an offline friend. In the meantime, OpenBuilds is the best virtual hacker space you'll find. The gentlemen already posting here, along with the rest of the community love to share their experience. All the best to you on your journey!
     
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  8. David the swarfer

    David the swarfer OpenBuilds Team
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    quite, but a pin on a map does not need to have a name connected to it, it is just a
    'yes there is someone else in your town with the same CNC disease' (-:

    and, the pin on the map is not the home address, just the city
     
  9. MaryD

    MaryD OpenBuilds Team
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    To be honest, our pins pretty much cover the entire map ;)
     
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